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NaiKun Wind Development Inc., a Vancouver, British Columbia-based developer of offshore wind farms, has hired Matthew C. Burns as vice president of commercial operations.

In his new position, Burns will manage NaiKun's power purchase agreement bid process and pull together the disparate elements that make up the bid. He will also help ensure the company's projects move forward - specifically its Haida Energy Field wind farm off the coast of British Columbia, which is expected to begin its first phase of construction in 2009.

"We have engaged the services of a first-rate individual," says Ray Castelli, NaiKun's president. "Matt Burns is widely regarded as a dedicated and organized manager, and his energetic management style will be a great fit with the NaiKun team."

For the past 10 years, Burns has worked for the Vancouver International Airport Authority as the director within the operations department, where he gained project management experience. There, he was involved with the development of several major capital projects and spent a number of years acting as the liaison between the engineering and operations departments.

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